WPF Releases New School DataTool

By John Forester | February 15, 2019

On the heels of releasing a very well-received report on special education funding earlier this week, the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF) today released a new online school resource which allows parents, teachers, school officials and the public to examine and compare educational data for school districts throughout Wisconsin.

For more information, see the WPF news release and check out the WPF School DataTool.

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update | No Comments »

Wisconsin’s Open Enrollment Program Does Not Violate Federal Law

By John Forester | February 14, 2019

From the Legal Side …

On January 22, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that Wisconsin’s open enrollment program did not violate federal law.  In its most recent legal update, Strang Patteson examines the court’s decision and its impact on Wisconsin school districts.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Strang Patteson.

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update, SAA Legal Side | No Comments »

CPI For Bargaining Agreements Beginning July 1, 2019 Confirmed

By John Forester | February 14, 2019

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent School Law Update, Boardman Clark reports that the consumer price index (CPI) for bargaining agreements beginning July 1, 2019 has been confirmed.  Check it out.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Boardman Clark.

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update, SAA Legal Side | No Comments »

News Story Highlights WPF Special Ed Funding Report

By John Forester | February 14, 2019

Check out today’s news story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that focuses on the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s  recently released special education funding report.  The SAA posted the WPF report yesterday.

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update | No Comments »

New Report on Special Education Funding

By John Forester | February 13, 2019

I just finished reading the latest report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum titled, “Special Education Funding in Wisconsin: How it Works and Why it Matters.”  I found the report timely, very interesting and “right on point.”  Check it out here.

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update | No Comments »

New LRB Report on 2019 Wisconsin Legislature

By John Forester | February 8, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . .

The Legislative Reference Bureau has released a new report titled, “Profile of the 2019 Wisconsin Legislature.” According to the report:

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports | No Comments »

It’s Confirmed, Evers to Deliver Budget Address February 28th

By John Forester | February 8, 2019

From WisPolitics.com …

Evers is now locked in to deliver his budget Feb. 28, a spokeswoman said.

Lawmakers gave Evers until Feb. 28 to release the document, and his office had indicated previously it was targeting that date for the address. The date is now confirmed, the spokeswoman said.

Topics: CapitolReports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update, SAA Legal Side | No Comments »

OCR to Conduct Compliance Reviews on the Use of Seclusion and Restraint

By John Forester | February 4, 2019

From the Legal Side:

In it’s most recent school law update, Boardman Clark examines the recently announced initiative by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to address the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint in school districts.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Boardman Clark.

 

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update, SAA Legal Side | No Comments »

Dyslexia Study Committee Issues Final Report

By John Forester | February 4, 2019

From The Wheeler Report:

The Legislative Council Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia has released its final report. The Committee has made the following recommendations:

LRB-0368/2. Employing a Dyslexia Specialist at the Department of Public Instruction.

LRB-0383/3. Developing a Guidebook Related to Dyslexia and Related Conditions.

Alternative Licensure

Lifetime Licensure

Grade Ranges for Educator Licenses

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update | No Comments »

LFB Revenue Estimates Released

By John Forester | January 30, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . .

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released general fund revenue and expenditure projections for the Legislature.  According to the memo, LFB expects a gross balance of $691.5 million and a net balance (gross balance – $75.0 million required statutory balance) of $616.5 million. The memo says their analysis shows over a three-year period, aggregate general fund tax collections are $282.0 million lower than expected in the November 20 DOA estimates (-$142.1 million in 2018-19, -$45 million in 2019-20, and -$94.6 million in 2020-21).

The memo highlights the some of the main differences between the DOA memo and their estimates:

LFB expects that the $82.6 million transfer to the budget stabilization fund won’t happen for two reasons. The first reason is that the tax estimate for 2018-19 is lower than the DOA memo, which would reduce the amount available for a potential transfer.  The second reason pertains to legislation passed at the end of the year that says that any increased tax collections under the Wayfair decision must be excluded from the transfer for stabilization funds.  Those two issues combined bring the 2018-19 tax estimate below the amount estimated by the 2017-19 budget, and therefore eliminate the transfer requirement.

The increased transfers to the general fund exceed those estimates in the Nov. 20 report primarily because of two reasons. The Department of Health Services is estimated to lapse $212.7 million GPR to the general fund, which is $63.7 million more than anticipated by the Nov. 20 memo. The Department of Workforce Development Fast Forward unencumbered amount is estimated at $21.7 million.

Topics: SAA Capitol Reports, SAA Capitol Reports with Email Notifications, SAA Latest Update | No Comments »

« Previous Entries